Ayaz Gul VOA News January 17, 2021 ISLAMABAD – Officials in Afghanistan said Sunday two female judges working for the Supreme Court were shot dead in the capital, Kabul, the latest victims of targeted killings in recent months. A court spokesman said the slain judges were on their way to work in the morning when
Michael Hughes: President-elect Joe Biden may have no choice but to allow Zalmay Khalilzad to stay on as U.S. envoy to Afghanistan for reasons of continuity amid the ongoing negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban. Khalilzad, a native Afghan turned American cowboy, is not taking any chances, however, as he aggressively pushes President Ashraf Ghani
Ariana: The level of US forces in Afghanistan have reached 2,500 on Friday, US acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced today in a statement released by the US Department of State. According to Miller the further reduction of US troop levels to zero by May of 2021, remains conditions-based. Click here to read more (external
Ariana: Former Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said President Ashraf Ghani has violated 80 percent of the constitution during his presidency. Zakhilwal said the Afghan peace process is a US initiative that has caused concern for Ghani. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: US Chargé d’Affaires to Kabul Ross Wilson said Wednesday afternoon that the United States has not advocated for an interim government nor is it advocating for one. “We have not advocated, and the United States is not advocating, an interim government,” Wilson tweeted. Click here to read more about (external link). Related Afghan MPs:
1TV: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called Iran “the new Afghanistan” as he accused Tehran of providing safe haven for al Qaeda militants. “I would say Iran is, indeed, the new Afghanistan – as the key geographic hub for al-Qaida – but it’s actually worse,” Pompeo said speaking at the National Press
Asia Times: US troop drawdown may revive East Turkestan Islamic Movement and its dormant Uighur insurgency in Xinjiang – America’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s possible resumption of at least partial power in Kabul will have far-reaching implications for China and Pakistan, both of which aim to play key roles in the country’s post-war
By Frud Bezhan January 8, 2021 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty For years, the Taliban’s suicide bombers frequently struck high-profile political and security targets in Afghanistan’s major cities. But in a marked shift, the Taliban is now targeting civilians — government workers, journalists, rights activists, moderate religious leaders, and women in public roles — in urban areas.
Ayaz Gul VOA News January 4, 2021 ISLAMABAD – The United States has directly accused the Taliban of being behind a recent wave of high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan, urging the insurgent group to stop the violence “for peace to succeed.” Monday’s charges came hours after the Taliban accused U.S. forces of launching airstrikes against insurgent-held
Radio Free Afghanistan January 4, 2021 KABUL — Afghan government representatives are set to depart for Doha on January 4 ahead of a new round of peace negotiations with the Taliban following a 20-day hiatus. The sides are scheduled to resume their power-sharing talks in the Qatari capital on January 5, amid rising violence and